Today marks the publishing anniversary of The Help. Kathryn Stockett’s brilliant novel takes place in Mississippi during an era still plagued by Jim Crow. It is a story that shows a great journey of Skeeter who wants to journal the lives and tell the stories of Black maids who tend to white families. The plot delves into the story of Jackson Mississippi, Skeeter, Aibileen, Yule May, Miss Leefolt, and Hilly Holbrook, and the race relations between the characters.
It is a simple, yet deeply compelling story. Here are some of the best quotes that hold a special place in our hearts.
“You said to write about what disturbs me, particularly if it bothers no one else.” – Skeeter
“You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” – Aibileen
“I told her to write coats! Not commodes!” – Holly Holbrook
“Love and hate are two horns on the same goat.” – Minny Jackson
“Ain’t that all you girls always major in? Professional husband huntin’.” – Stuart Whitworth
“I thought I might write my stories down or read ’em to you. Ain’t no different in writin’ down my prayers.” – Aibileen Clark
“Ms. Leefolt should not be havin’ babies. Put that in the book.” – Aibileen Clark
“I’m sorry, but were you dropping your head as an infant or were you just born stupid?” – Skeeter Phelan
“Eighteen people were killed in Jackson that night. Eight black and ten white. I don’t think God has color in mind that he sets the tornado loose…” – Aibileen Clark
“Minny don’t burn chicken.” – Minny Jackson
For more quotes, check out this article on quotes from Martin Luther King Jr.!